Telstra has now confirmed – twice – that it is not seeking any change to the current 80+ weeks (maximum) redundancy payout entitlement in the Enterprise Agreement (EA).
Telstra clarified its position on this issue at the second EA negotiating meeting on 14 May.
Following representations from the union negotiating team, Telstra reiterated this commitment at the next meeting of 19 May. The CWU had received some queries about the wording of the first statement on Yammer, which Telstra is using for its internal EA communications.
These commitments should finally lay this issue to rest.
Members can also be assured that the retention of the 80 weeks was not “bought” through a trade-off of other current conditions. The entitlement did not in fact have to be renegotiated in this way because it was never threatened in the first place.
CWU members can now focus on the matters that are actually on the table in these negotiations. These are being reported on regularly in special Bargaining Bulletins which are available from your state branch or from the CWU national website at www.cwu.org.au.